Organisers of Warkworth’s second fundraising Riverside Dinner are beginning to think they have seriously offended the weather gods.
Yet again, plans to hold the dinner in the open air on the Warkworth Wharf were abandoned when the area was hit by strong winds and rain on March 17.
About 150 diners, many dressed in the St Patrick’s Day theme, were forced to retreat to the undercover carpark at New World.
Organisers say that despite the smaller turnout compared to last year, when 220 people attended, “a good time was had by all”.
The event is a joint initiative of Warkworth Lions and Mahurangi Rotary, with funds raised shared between the Mahurangi River Restoration Trust and the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust. Although the amount raised was still being finalised, organisers thought it would be around $10,000.
Lions club president David Little says the future of the dinner will be discussed by the two clubs over coming months.